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  • XB-70
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    European stealth fighter program to start with a demonstrator (so like Japan?).

    "Airbus Defence & Space and Dassault promised that this would 'initiate demonstrator programmes for launch at the Paris air show'."

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...prowes-458659/

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  • XB-70
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    European sales impact of eliminating Turkey from F-35 program. (Of course, this only takes into account what is presently on the books. The lifetime footprint would be a lot lower.)

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ales-i-458816/

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  • XB-70
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    Japan attributes F-35 crash to pilot disorientation.

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...ntatio-458798/

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  • TomcatViP
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    Low alt refueling
    Reduced foot print
    Commonality with other air forces
    Or something that hasn't surfaced yet (they are the user. They know).

    But don't take me wrong, the KC30 is a great airframe, especially for long range refueling and cross country deployment but tactically it remain less efficient.
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 10th June 2019, 23:39.

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  • Cherry Ripe
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    Originally posted by TomcatViP View Post

    Very odd choice, given that as the article says they already have the A330 MRTT and Emirates ( the airline ) has ordered A330Neo.

    So what's their techical base for supporting the 767? None at all...

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  • TomcatViP
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    The 111 also had to go while still being exceptional. Sadly obsolescence of complex early surfacing systems and their inherent maintenance cost are an unavoidable wall in the face.

    Man have to salute the new trend in US design to favor embedding existing technologies into open architecture.
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 10th June 2019, 12:18.

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  • halloweene
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    yes, but they are exceptional birds

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  • djcross
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    B-1s have always been money pits with low readiness.

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  • blackwood
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    Amazing regards to B-1s for a country that spends so much on defence compared to rest of the world.

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  • djcross
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    Raytheon and United Technologies agree to all stock merger of equals that would create aerospace behemoth

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  • TomcatViP
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    B-1 Lancer readiness is in the toilet, here's why

    The state of the U.S. Air Forces B-1B Lancer fleet is bad really bad and lawmakers on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee want the service to come up with a plan to fix the problem.

    The United States long-range strike capabilities may be placed at increased risk by aging structural problems with the B-1," according to the panels markup of HR 2500, the Houses version of the fiscal 2020 defense policy bill, released Monday. The Lancer isnt getting the resources and attention necessary to improve its mission-capable rates.

    The situation has gotten so bad, according to the subcommittee, that the number of B-1 aircraft that are fully mission-capable is now only in the single digits. Whats more, B-1 aircrew are being rerouted from flying the bomber to other aircraft, because there arent enough Lancers for their necessary training.
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    Airforce Times.com

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  • BlackArcher
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    Indonesia signals progress in deal to procure Su-35

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    First Rafales arrive in Qatar

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  • Spitfire9
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    Saab to test electronic attack jammer pod on Gripen

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...gripen-458693/

    Scheduled for testing on a Gripen so I presume it will be available on Gripen E in the future.

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  • halloweene
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    Gripen is a good plane. However, if they are canadian built (five eyes) everything they do will be known by US. It is a political choice.

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  • BlackArcher
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    Saab ready to offer Canadian built Gripen fighters

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  • BlackArcher
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    Poland reaffirms interest in F-35

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  • BlackArcher
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    BAe sees Hawk upgrade as alternative to Malaysian LCA plan

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  • Spitfire9
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    Malaysia interested in buying used Kuwaiti fighters

    http://www.defense-aerospace.com/art...and-fleet.html

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  • TomcatViP
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    India gets 1x Defense Minister*

    Singh will have very little money for new defense purchases because very little money is left for new defense purchase[s]," an MoD official said.

    The new government will have to choose priorities between Make in India defense programs or global defence purchases, he noted, adding that no sweeping reforms are expected for at least the next two years.

    Another MoD official expressed confidence that Singh will enforce anti-corruption regulations.

    The Indian Army is currently committed to $4.31 billion in liabilities, with the Air Force committed to $7.40 billion and the Navy to $3.98 billion.
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    Source:
    Defense News.com
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 1st June 2019, 19:40.

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